Tips for Parking at Albany Airport During the Busy Holiday Season
It gets pretty hectic at airports during the holidays, to say the least. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s or Easter and Spring Break; when folks are home for the holidays, they like to travel. That means parking at the airport can be quite a chore.
However, there are some things you can do to minimize holiday airport parking hassles. Some proven suggestions include:
Give Yourself Some Time
One of the most effective measures you can take to minimize airport parking hassles during both the holidays and literally any time of year, is to simply leave yourself extra time to account for whatever unexpected delays you may face. During the holidays, that may be longer lines at check-in and/or security. You never know what will throw you a curveball, so make it easier by creating a time cushion.
Know Your Airport
You don’t want to arrive at an unfamiliar airport on the day of your trip and have no idea where you’ll park and where you’re heading for check-in. Take some time to learn about the airport in advance, especially the terminal you’ll be using, so that you won’t have to figure it out on the fly amid a huge holiday travel crowd. At bare minimum, read over the information provided on the Albany International Airport website. Do your homework first.
Print Boarding Passes at Home
You can’t say enough about the convenience afforded by online flight check-in and the pre-printing of boarding passes. It saves a huge amount of time that would be normally spent at the terminal for the check-in process, and lets you skip what could be a massive line at the airport. Do yourself a favor and complete that step at home, instead.
Travel Early / Late in the Day
Very early mornings and late evenings tend to be times when airport traffic is light. By arranging your flights for these times, you minimize the amount of passenger traffic you’ll need to navigate once at the airport. An early morning flight may not be much fun, but at least you won’t be mobbed by other tired travelers while taking it.
Use Private Parking Services
Public parking lots at the airport can fill up fast, and don’t offer much in the way of service and convenience. Especially during the busy holidays, consider using a private parking lot provider, so that you don’t get lost in parking lot hell. Reserve a spot at Albany Park Ride & Fly and you’ll eliminate a huge headache from the equation.
Get Gas Ahead of Time
It can be stressful getting out the door and to the airport on time, and on the holidays, it can be even more frustrating when so many others are all attempting the same. Another helpful timesaver is to gas-up your vehicle for the trip ahead of time, so you’re not rushing to do it on your way to the airport. It can be nerve-wracking to spend time buying gas under these circumstances, particularly if there are lines at the pump.
A final tip for easier holiday airport parking and travel is to pack as lightly as possible. This will make every stage of your trip quicker and less stressful, from unloading at the parking lot/airport, to checking bags, to retrieving bags from baggage carousels and getting on your way. Packing light isn’t just kind to your arms; it’ll also help you smile more and frown less, especially the next time you decide to travel during the holidays.
Are you traveling during an upcoming holiday? Consider leaving your vehicle with us at Albany Park Ride & Fly, where we’ll get you on your way without all the headaches and hassles of airport public parking. Reserve your space today online or call us at 1 (866) 922-PARK (7275) for more information.